Staying connected to the internet is important to me. It’s the way I communicate, do research, maintain several websites, and update my blog. When I converted to an all mobile system, I purchased a booster for use with my MiFi hotspot and cell phone.
The Wilson Sleek booster is not the most powerful; but, it seems to be sufficient for my needs. It came with a 4 inch stubby antenna that improves a signal about two bars, depending on the distance from the tower. It’s been OK, but not always enough.
I plan to be doing some boondocking that is more remote. In anticipation of needing a better antenna, I bought a Wilson Dual-band Cellular Trucker Antenna #308401. Antenna Specs: omni-directional, 800/1900 MHz, 5.12/6.12 dBi of signal gain, with built-in ground plane, 32 inches high. Note: See Staying Connected While RVing for details about the equipment.
Since I don’t have a TV, I removed the Winegard TV Antenna, and attached the cellular antenna to the existing mast. A mounting bracket was bolted to the mast at a slight angle, so the new antenna would not touch the roof when lowered.
This allows me to raise it from inside the rig for use, and to lower it when traveling. The coaxial cable runs from the antenna, through the center of the mast, and into the rig via a vent opening, to the Sleek in my office.
When raised, the top of the antenna is 6 feet above the roof and a little over 15 feet from the ground. When lowered, it faces the rear of the RV and the radial arms safely remain 2 inches off the roof.
So far, I’ve not been camped far enough out for it to be needed. But, in the next few months I will be. A report on it’s performance will be added to this post after I’ve had a chance to test it in those more remote locations.
For more posts that show other mods to the rig see the Tardis page.